When the pulp of a tooth has been infected, inflamed, or is dead we will perform a root canal to save your tooth.
Why might a root canal be necessary?
A root canal procedure might be necessary when the pulp (the inside) of the tooth has been infected, inflamed or is dead. In order to save the tooth, a dentist will need to clean out the pulp and remove bacteria and decay from the area.
In order to keep infection from returning, the area is cleaned and the root of the tooth will be restored. After the root canal procedure, it is important that the tooth is protected and strong. A crown will be placed over a tooth with a root canal to prevent from breaking, and will restore your tooth to its natural function.
How do I take care of my tooth after a root canal?
At your appointment you will be given thorough instructions of how to care for your teeth after a root canal.
The best practice for maintaining your oral health during this time will be regular visits to the dentist and proper at-home care.
Common Symptoms of an infected or damaged tooth?
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food/beverages
- Severe toothache
- A pimple or abscess on the gums
- Tenderness and swelling
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